The Mental Health Association in Morgan County was formally organized in Decatur on February 20, 1956 culminating the efforts of a small group of citizens to provide support for local mental health programs. W.T. Dye presided at the initial meeting. Probate Judge T.C. Almon was elected president; Miss Frances Nungester, vice president; and Mr. Dye, secretary-treasurer.
Over the last 56 years the Mental Health Association has developed many programs and services related to the mission of promoting mental health, preventing mental illness, and advocating for the improved care and treatment of the mentally ill. See some of the significant ways that the Mental Health Association has impacted the community by downloading an information sheet about our History Highlights.
WE ADVOCATE by serving on state and local committees making sure that mental health issues are represented. We advocate for improved mental health services by communicating with legislators, service providers, and elected officials.
WE EDUCATE through our Caddell Alzheimer’s Conference, Alzheimer’s education and training programs, Alzheimer’s Resource Guide, Child Safety Conference, May Mental Health Month Breakfast & Seminar, “I’m Thumbody” self-esteem program, substance abuse prevention programs, sexual assault prevention & education programs, and information and referral services.
WE SERVE through our Alzheimer’s Family Support Group, Alzheimer’s Project Reach, services for victims of sexual assault, Friendship House & Operation Santa Claus for adults with serious mental illness, depression support group, Summer Camp for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and medication assistance.
A favorite theme is “Under the Umbrella” with the Mental Health Association.
The Mental Health Association in Morgan County is a non-profit, 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. It was accepted as a United Way agency in 1957. We also receive funds from the Combined Federal Campaign.
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- Special Events
- In 2011 Sean Miller from Miller Fitness conducted a “Run for Your Life” Boot Camp and donated the proceeds to MHA. For 2012, a ZumbaThon took place at Central United Methodist Church on June 23.
- V.I.P. Walk-A-Thon & Bill J. Dukes “7@7” RunThe 31st Annual Walk-A-Thon and 2nd Annual Bill J. Dukes “7@7” Run is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Point Mallard.
- B.I.T.S. Project was begun in 2011 and will continue in 2012. This art project was suggested by Scott Willis who served on the MHA Board of Directors and passed away in September, 2010. Artists paint and decorate boxes which are then sold at a reception at Southside Baptist Church. The 2nd annual reception will be scheduled in September, 2012.
- Click here to See our upcoming fundraiser events.
- Operation Santa Claus Every year the Mental Health Association raises money for Operation Santa Claus, a Christmas project for adults who have a serious mental illness and are clients of the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama and patient of North Alabama Regional Hospital. This project raises over $10,000 each year and provides gifts and a holiday lunch for over 200 people. See the Operation Santa Claus page for more information about this program.